The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising from Maritime Canada to Florida in our Bristol 41.1

22 September 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine
15 September 2015
25 July 2015 | Oromocto, NB
22 July 2015 | Cambridge Narrows, Saint John River
15 June 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine
01 June 2015 | Cuttyhunk, Mass
31 May 2015 | Portsmouth Va
19 April 2015 | Whistler BC
30 November 2014 | Charleston City Boatyard
19 November 2014 | Hazzard Marina, Georgetown, SC
16 November 2014 | Barefoot Landing SC
15 November 2014 | Bald Head Island
13 November 2014 | Seapath Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC
06 November 2014 | Tuckahoe Point, Alligator River, NC
01 November 2014 | Deep Creek, Va.
22 October 2014 | Spa Creek, Annapolis, Md.
15 October 2014 | Worton Creek, Md.
09 October 2014 | Barnegat Light, NJ.
04 October 2014 | Oyster Bay, Long Island NY

A nice quiet day in Paradise

11 February 2007 | Buenavista Cay, Jumentos Islands, Bahamas
Jim Lea
Beach Bonfire with Tabitha's Crew

This morning was a slow starter. Although I was up at the normal 6:30, there is no weather report at 6:40, so I just updated a few GRIB files, and all seemed fairly good, so we settled in for the day. I am reading a book titled Galileo's Daughter, which is based on correspondence between Galileo and his daughter, Sister Marie Celeste, in a monastery. It relates, through the letters, Galileo's career and his trials (very real in front of the Inquisition) with the Catholic church when he tried to defend Copernicus view that the earth orbits the sun, not vice versa. Interesting. So I spent a good part of the morning on poor Galileo's tribulations. But then I decided to attend to the anchor. When we arrived last night, we set the anchor, and as usual, backed down on it to set it. But we obviously snagged it on a rock. The boat stopped with a jerk and swung back. So although we were firmly anchored, I didn't like being snagged. If for any reason we needed to depart in a rush, I knew that the anchor would not come up. But it was a calm sunny morning, so we decided to postpone the anchor task and dinghied down the shore for a walk on the three mile beach totally alone. Back at the boat, we had lunch and I read some more about poor Galileo's tribulations, then time to deal with the anchor. I got on the wet suit and dived on it, pulling it out from under the rock and re-setting it in a sandy patch. This is a typical problem here in the Jumentos. The holding is very poor. And now that we are looking at weather, the shift of winds to the south, then through to the west, with all the anchorages exposed, means its time to go. It is a shame, as it is beautiful here, with only a few boats here, almost (as it really was a few years ago) totally isolated. But we have had a beautiful time here and will remember it forever as a beautiful spot. It reminds us in the rugged nature of the landscape and the coast, of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, except no fog! So with the anchor re-set, we went off snorkeling, first at a small coral patch we passed earlier in the morning. It was very nice, and I harrassed some fish, but didn't really damage the stocks. But Jeannie didn't feel comfortable with the large Barracuda that kept watching us, so we moved to another site for a nice swim. Then I decided to do some fishing and got some bait and went off. But two triggerfish (blue weird looking fish that I would be cautious of eating) and a tiny grouper later, I returned to the boat to pick up Jeannie to go ashore with Tabitha's crew for a bonfire (and to burn garbage that was accumulating and making its presence known). On the beach, Elspeth recited from memory the poem "I must Go Down To The Sea Again" by John Maisfield. It was very nice and very impressive. We had drinks and appetizers on the beach and watched the sun set, then returned to the boat for a Conch currie and called it a night. Tomorrow we will start back.
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Vessel Name: Estelle
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Charlottetown, PEI
Crew: Jeannie & Jim Lea
About: Flag Counter
Extra: Summer 2015 will be cruising the coast of Maine and New Brunswick as well as the Saint John River.
Estelle's Photos - The Voyage of S/V Estelle (Main)
Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
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Created 28 July 2015
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Pics of our trip from Mount Desert Islans to the Saint John River in July 2014.
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Nov/Dec 2011
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San Blas Islands
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Feb, 2011
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Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
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Created 14 September 2010
Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
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Created 7 February 2010
August/Sept in Maine
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Created 29 August 2009
Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
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Created 22 March 2009
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Created 11 February 2009
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Our trip from Maine to Miami
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Created 19 December 2008
Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
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Created 18 June 2008
Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
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Created 26 December 2007
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Created 25 December 2007
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Created 21 August 2007
These are pictures of The Hermitage on Cat Island, Bahamas. It was built single-handedly by Faather Jerome who was sent out by the Church of England to rebuild churches destroyed in the hurricanes in the early 20th century. He then converted to catholicism and built a number of Roman Catholic churches until he sought and received permission to build this hermitage where he spent the remainder of his life.
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Created 24 June 2007
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Created 23 June 2007
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Created 12 June 2007
These pictures were taken while on Long Island, Bahamas, in February, 2007
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Created 11 March 2007
This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
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Created 11 March 2007
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